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YANNI TO PERFORM CLASSICS AND NEW WORKS AT PARKWEST

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It's no Herod Atticus Theatre, but the natural outdoor amphitheater of ParkWest will stand in Saturday as the famed Acropolis night spot.

Utah's pine setting is the backdrop for "Yanni Live at the Acropolis," a concert series first aired on PBS in March and now scheduled live in 60 cities nationwide. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Yanni and his hand-picked orchestra come to ParkWest for an open-air concert of his contemporary instrumental classics and many originals."They're not old, they're not passe' - they're wonderful in their ability to evoke emotion," he said in a telephone interview, describing the sound as more acoustic in nature - "cleaner and clearer."

On previous tours, the composer's accompanying orchestra was almost an afterthought. This time around, Yanni has recruited a group of like-minded musicians for the entire 90-day tour.

"It's the same musicians and they play the same material every night," he said. Previously, with the complexity of the arrangements, "at the very best they were glued to their pages." Listeners will hear the difference, he said.

Fans will recognize Yanni classics like "Santorini" and "Keys to Imagination" and will be privy to new pieces unveiled during the composer's return to his native Greece.

"The subtlety of emotion you can capture with music - it's amazing," Yanni said. The sounds have evolved, he said, to a mix that is indescribable. "By using the right sound, you can, within five seconds, convey that emotion very quickly."

The performance at the Acropolis - later rebroadcast to set nationwide pledge-drive records on PBS - marked Yanni's first visit to Greece since leaving for school in the United States two decades ago.

"It's not a theater you go rent," he said of the 2000-year-old Herod Atticus Theatre and the invitation to perform there. "To be able to come home (to such acclaim), it was a a dream come true."

Four weeks into the release of "Live at the Acropolis," the work topped Billboard's Top Music Video Chart and continued to climb in other music categories.